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Started by financeguy, July 28, 2023, 09:17:05 AM
Quote from: Ruralguy on July 28, 2023, 09:39:39 AMAlthough I am occasionally interested in semi-formality of learning stuff, like guitar lessons, I'm definitely sick of formality of exams and such. I don't even like making other people do this!
Quote from: ciao_yall on July 28, 2023, 10:34:55 AMI did a Spanish certificate at my local CC, but didn't take it too seriously from a grades perspective. I did it for my job but also because we might retire to Spain and I wanted to get a head start on the language.Is that formal or informal?
Quote from: kaysixteen on July 28, 2023, 09:29:58 PMAs I suspect I have hinted at here, I am and remain a big fan of The Teaching Company and its 'Great Courses'. I have listened to dozens of them over the last maybe 5 years, and recently also subscribed to their subsidiary 'Wondrium' service, which has many of the courses for a monthly fee, plus other courses that are somewhat lower in academic intensity. I just recently, whilst doing a decent amount of driving over several days, listened to a 24 lecture (around 30 min each) 'Understanding Japan' history course ( I forget the prof's name offhand). A very worthwhile investment.
Quote from: Antiphon1 on August 03, 2023, 12:01:40 PMAt all the places that offered free tuition for faculty and staff, I always took classes outside my field for fun. As a consequence of these opportunities, I've picked up some extra teaching fields. Keeps you fresh. I love my primary field, but it's nice to branch out occasionally.
Quote from: lightning on August 03, 2023, 02:34:38 PMQuote from: Antiphon1 on August 03, 2023, 12:01:40 PMAt all the places that offered free tuition for faculty and staff, I always took classes outside my field for fun. As a consequence of these opportunities, I've picked up some extra teaching fields. Keeps you fresh. I love my primary field, but it's nice to branch out occasionally. In an online asynchronous class that I taught during the pandemic, I suspected that I had a faculty member from another discipline enrolled in my class. They never revealed anything about themselves other than they were a non-traditional student, but their level of writing, rhetoric, and discourse was PhD level or higher. After they turned in their fabulous final paper, I just had to google, and yeah, they worked for the university as a part-time faculty/full-time admin. The person's work really stuck out. If they were trying to disguise themselves, they only remained disguised because I didn't care to know who they really were until I posted grades.